it has been an honor to serve with you and humbling to leave you. to my family, my wife, linda, michael, katie, my son-in-law -- daughter in law, selflessness, a sacrifice and support have kept me going over the last many years. i will never be able to repay you for your sacrifices. and, thank you for your unconditional love and support. to all of our families, you are a true american heroes who selflessly sacrifice for your country. we are all deeply indebted to you. finally, to my iraqi friends, i am honored to have known you, proud to call you my friends. i will miss you and i will miss iraq. iraq will always be part of me, but for now, my journey is home. may god bless all of you, god bless america, and may god bless the new iraq. thank you very much.